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Our Genealogy Helper for Oxford ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Oxford (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Oxford. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the southeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the south.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the south contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Oxford is located in Johnson County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Johnson County: Benton, Cedar, Iowa, Linn, Louisa, Muscatine & Washington.

Below are the counties that are near Oxford. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Oxford:

Johnson     (The home county for Oxford)
  Tiffin   [Map]     E   6 miles [9.7 km]<1>
  Windham   [Map]     S   8 miles [12.9 km]
  North Liberty   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Oakdale   [Map]     E   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Swisher   [Map]     NE   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Coralville   [Map]     E   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Williamstown   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Shueyville   [Map]     NE   11 miles [17.7 km]
  University Heights   [Map]     E   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Amish   [Map]     S   12 miles [19.3 km]
  Iowa City   [Map]     E   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Solon   [Map]     E   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Hills   [Map]     SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Walford   [Map]     N   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Norway   [Map]     NW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Watkins   [Map]     NW   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Atkins   [Map]     N   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Blairstown   [Map]     NW   19 miles [30.6 km]
  Newhall   [Map]     NW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Luzerne   [Map]     NW   23 miles [37 km]
  Shellsburg   [Map]     N   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Van Horne   [Map]     NW   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Belle Plaine   [Map]     NW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Keystone   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Benton City - Historic   [Map]     N   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Irving   [Map]     NW   30 miles [48.3 km]
  West Branch   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
  Downey   [Map]     E   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cedar Bluff   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Centerdale   [Map]     E   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Springdale   [Map]     E   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Buchanan   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Cedar Valley   [Map]     E   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Mechanicsville   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Rochester   [Map]     E   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Tipton   [Map]     E   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stanwood   [Map]     E   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Lime City   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Clarence   [Map]     E   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Coppock   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Wayland   [Map]     S   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Homestead   [Map]     NW   4 miles [6.4 km]
  Amana   [Map]     NW   6 miles [9.7 km]
  Middle Amana   [Map]     NW   7 miles [11.3 km]
  South Amana   [Map]     W   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Conroy   [Map]     W   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Williamsburg   [Map]     W   11 miles [17.7 km]
  Parnell   [Map]     SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Marengo   [Map]     W   15 miles [24.1 km]
  North English   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Ladora   [Map]     W   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Millersburg   [Map]     SW   21 miles [33.8 km]
  Dayton   [Map]     NW   22 miles [35.4 km]
  Victor   [Map]     W   25 miles [40.2 km]
  Pleasant Plain   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Martelle   [Map]     NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Fairview   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Morley   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Stone City   [Map]     NE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Anamosa   [Map]     NE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Olin   [Map]     NE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Kinross   [Map]     SW   20 miles [32.2 km]
  South English   [Map]     SW   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Keota   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Aurora   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Webster   [Map]     SW   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Harper   [Map]     SW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Keswick   [Map]     SW   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Thornburg   [Map]     SW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Sigourney   [Map]     SW   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Gibson   [Map]     SW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  What Cheer   [Map]     SW   36 miles [57.9 km]
  Richland   [Map]     S   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Delta   [Map]     SW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Fairfax   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Ely   [Map]     NE   14 miles [22.5 km]
  Lincolnway Village   [Map]     NE   15 miles [24.1 km]
  Grand View Village   [Map]     N   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Cedar Hills   [Map]     N   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Cedar Rapids   [Map]     N   18 miles [29 km]
  Bertram   [Map]     NE   20 miles [32.2 km]
  Hiawatha   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Palo   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Sunset Village   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Mount Vernon   [Map]     NE   23 miles [37 km]
  Lisbon   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Marion   [Map]     NE   24 miles [38.6 km]
  Cotter   [Map]     SE   34 miles [54.7 km]
  Columbus Junction   [Map]     SE   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Columbus City   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Fredonia   [Map]     SE   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Letts   [Map]     SE   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Wyman   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Barnes City   [Map]     SW   38 miles [61.2 km]
  Indianapolis   [Map]     SW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  West Liberty   [Map]     E   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Nichols   [Map]     SE   30 miles [48.3 km]
  Conesville   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Atalissa   [Map]     E   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Moscow   [Map]     E   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Wilton   [Map]     E   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Guernsey   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Hartwick   [Map]     W   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Deep River   [Map]     W   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Brooklyn   [Map]     W   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Malcom   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Montezuma   [Map]     W   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Chelsea   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Elberon   [Map]     NW   33 miles [53.1 km]
  Vining   [Map]     NW   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Clutier   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Gladstone   [Map]     NW   39 miles [62.8 km]
  Dysart   [Map]     NW   40 miles [64.4 km]
  Kalona   [Map]     S   16 miles [25.7 km]
  Wellman   [Map]     S   17 miles [27.4 km]
  Riverside   [Map]     SE   19 miles [30.6 km]
  West Chester   [Map]     S   26 miles [41.8 km]
  Washington   [Map]     S   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Ainsworth   [Map]     SE   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Rubio   [Map]     S   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Brighton   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]
  Crawfordsville   [Map]     S   37 miles [59.5 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Oxford, see our County-by-County Page for Oxford.

Cemeteries Near Oxford ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Oxford.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Oxford covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  NW Oxford Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
  NW Mt. Calvary Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 3 miles [4.8 km]  
  N Grabin Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  NW Spicer - Spooner Cemetery   [Map]     
      About 5 miles [8 km]  
  ESE Summerhays Cemetery   [Map]     
  E Oak Hill Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Niles - Sprague Cemetery   [Map]     
  W St. John's German Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SW Harrington Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Brown Cemetery   [Map]     
  ENE Greencastle Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Dupont Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 7 miles [11.3 km]  
  WSW German Evangelical Lutheran Emanuel Cemetery   [Map]     
  S Windham Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Pleasant Ridge Cemetery   [Map]     
  WSW Dane Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE St. Peters Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Blain Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  N Castek Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Old Scotch Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Old Scotch Cemetery   [Map]     
  N Hala Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  S Bethel Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  S Angels Rest Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Graper Farm Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  WNW Maas Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Kumer Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 10 miles [16.1 km]  
  SSW Ricord Cemetery   [Map]     
  SSE Frytown Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SSE Hummer Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SE Unity Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNW Linwood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  ENE Ridgewood Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NNE Anderson Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW West Amana Cemetery   [Map]     
  WNW Maas Cemetery   [Map]     
  W Trinity Lutheran Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  

Newspapers Published in the Vicinity of Oxford ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 168 newspapers that have been published in the area around Oxford.

We have organized these newspapers into two lists:

  • A Local Newspaper List - focusing on the papers published in the immediate area of Oxford. There are actually two parts to this list - papers printed in the immediate area of Oxford and those printed in the larger area surrounding Oxford.
  • An Extended Newspaper List - a longer list, sorted by paper name and containing those papers published within 31 miles [49.9 km] of Oxford.

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

The Rand McNally Atlas shows that Oxford had a population of 515 people in 1895 with a post office and railroad service. In 2018, Oxford had a population of 807 people.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Oxford, with the one closest to Oxford listed first.

Homestead   [Map]
 - Located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oxford
 - 1895 population of 284 people
 - Homestead had a post office and railroad service
Cosgrove   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Oxford
 - Cosgrove had a post office and no railroad service
Tiffin   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the East (E) from Oxford
 - 1895 population of 56 people (with 3,670 people in 2018)
 - Tiffin had a post office and railroad service
Amana   [Map]
 - Located 6 miles [9.7 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Oxford
 - Amana had a post office and railroad service
Windham   [Map]
 - Located 8 miles [12.9 km] to the South (S) from Oxford
 - 1895 population of 37 people
 - Windham had a post office and railroad service
North Liberty   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the East (E) from Oxford
 - 1895 population of 138 people (with 19,239 people in 2018)
 - North Liberty had a post office and no railroad service
South Amana   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Northwest (WNW) from Oxford
 - South Amana had a post office and railroad service
Walford   [Map]
 - Located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Oxford
 - Walford had a post office and railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Oxford. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Oxford in the 1890's.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we like to start with the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These helpful websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - although it should be mentioned that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Oxford:

These websites are specific to Iowa:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Iowa to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Johnson County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

Benton County:     Cyndi's



Cedar County:     Cyndi's



Henry County:     Cyndi's



Iowa County:     Cyndi's



Jefferson County:     Cyndi's



Jones County:     Cyndi's



Keokuk County:     Cyndi's



Linn County:     Cyndi's



Louisa County:     Cyndi's



Mahaska County:     Cyndi's



Muscatine County:     Cyndi's



Poweshiek County:     Cyndi's



Tama County:     Cyndi's



Washington County:     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Iowa:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Iowa,
Cemeteries of Johnson County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Iowa   Cemetery Wiki for Iowa
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Iowa

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Iowa

Miscellaneous References and Mentions for Oxford ...

While our initial data about Oxford came from various goverment sources, we have found mention of Oxford in old books and maps. When we do, we'll find a fact here or a snippet there. We've created the following list to keep track of the documents we found useful in adding to our knowledge about Oxford.

We hope that the following list of documents will be of interest to you.

Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide

Published by Rand McNally & Co.
(Document found on Google Books)

Notes for Oxford:

  • Services available at that time (1895): had Post Office, Railroad Station, Express Office

We have found Oxford in these Censuses: 2010-1990. See our Census Page for Oxford for more information.

Both the GNIS and FIPS databases contain entries for Oxford. See our Misc Page for Oxford for more information.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in Iowa

About Johnson County

About Iowa

Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Oxford. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Johnson County:

The official website for State of Iowa:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Oxford) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Oxford. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oxford

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oxford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 41.7231, Longitude: -91.7913     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oxford have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Oxford, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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